Halloween is coming! But why wait all the way until the last day of the month to celebrate? If you’re looking to get a jumpstart on the holiday, look no further! There are plenty of fun and family-friendly Halloween activities and events happening nearby over the next few weeks. Get those costumes ready!
10/21 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM – Gardens Aglow at Presby Memorial Iris Gardens (474 Upper Mountain Avenue, Upper Montclair) – View the gardens at dusk as they come to life with artfully carved jack-o-lanterns supplied by local high school art departments. Activities, entertainment and refreshments will be on-going throughout the event. Admission is free. Rain date is 10/22.
10/21 – 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM – Haunted Halloween Trail, Bloomfield. Begin behind Demarest School (465 Broughton Avenue, Bloomfield) and stroll on the Bloomfield Morris Canal Green-way. This event is open to children ages 10 and up (children under 13 should be accompanied by an adult). Participants should wear long pants and sneakers/boots. All participants will receive a flashlight, tricks and treats while supplies last. Tickets are available online for $2.00 per person or 6 for $10.00.
10/22 – 4:00 PM – Scream on the Green (84 Broad Street, Bloomfield). From 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM, enjoy light refreshments, trick or treating, bean bag toss, pumpkin patch, and costume contest. At 5:00 PM, magician Bob Conrad will perform. At 6:15, enjoy the holiday classic “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” on a 25 foot outdoor movie screen! All children must be accompanied by an adult. Be sure to bring a lawn chair or a blanket.
10/22 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM – Scary Plants, Scaredy Pants at Frelinghuysen Arboretum (353 Hanover Avenue, Morris Twp) – Celebrate “HallowGreen” with exhibits of scary, smelly plants from around the world as well as a variety of children’s activities. Plant something to take home and create a vampire-proof necklace. Make cobweb cookies and spider cupcakes. Cost is $10 per child. Registration is required by calling 973-326-7603.
10/22 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM – Costume Crafting at Pyramid Mountain NHA (Intersection of Mars Court and Boonton Avenue, Montville TWP) – Children ages 5 and up can craft fun items to use as part of their Halloween costume. Make a mask or a headband based on the native wildlife of New Jersey. Cost is $5 per child. Registration is required by calling 973-334-3130.
10/22 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM – Scary Sweet: The History of Halloween at Historic Speedwell (333 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown) – Learn the history of this fun and mysterious holiday while making homemade candy. $5 per adult, $4 per senior (65+), $3 per child age 4-16, free for children under age 4.
10/23 3:00 PM – Free Screening of Hotel Transylvania at Mayo Performing Arts Center (100 South Street, Morristown) – Enjoy this animated film (rated PG) about a hotel for monsters run by Dracula! General admission tickets are free and available at the website. You must secure a ticket in advance.
10/23 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM – Mint’s Place Halloween Celebration (74 Morse Avenue, Bloomfield) – Mint’s Place will host a Halloween Party with food, music, games, entertainment and a costume contest. $10 per child age 10 and under. Mommies and Daddies are free!
10/29 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM – Moonlight Blaze at Van Dyck Manor (42 North Mountain Avenue, Montclair) – Tour a trail of over 1,000 hand-carved jack o’lanterns at the 8th Annual Moonlight Trail!
10/29 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM – Great Pumpkin Patch hosted by Prominent Properties Sotheby’s International Realty in the Board of Education parking lot (22 Valley Road, Montclair). Enjoy face painting, balloon sculptures, snacks and more!
10/29 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM – Halloween Comic Fest returns to East Side Mags (7 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair) – Halloween Comic Fest is like Free Comic Book Day, but in the fall! Stop by East Side Mags for artists from the Kubert School, a costume contest, free comics and more! Visit the website for more details.
10/29 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM – Tricks ‘n’ Treats at Museum of Early Trades and Crafts (9 Main Street, Madison) – Come in costume for a fun afternoon of playing games, making crafts and nibbling on treats! Enjoy Halloween-themed storytelling and tour the exhibits. Regular admission applies: $5 per child.
10/29 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM – Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University (1003 Morris Avenue, Union) – Pumpkin Patch Day offers a variety of all-ages activities including pumpkin picking, carving and painting, a hayride, and Halloween crafts. $12 for children age 3 and over, $8 for adults. Additional charge for pumpkins. Food available for purchase from vendors. Reservations not required but are suggested. Rain date 10/30.
10/29 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM – Spooky Spectacular Family Festival at Morris Museum (6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown) – Come in costume (or not!) and enjoy pumpkin decorating with paint and bling (pumpkins provided), a spooky scavenger hunt with prizes, parade in the entrance pavilion and costume contest at 1:30 PM. Guess the weight of a pumpkin and win a prize. Admission is free for members; $7 for non-member children and $10 for non-member adults.
10/29 slots between 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM – Teeny Tiny Trail Tales at Great Swamp OEC (247 Southern Blvd, Chatham) – This event is for children ages 2-5 with an adult. Enjoy this less-spooky version Halloween treat. Hear silly and nature-themed tales told by costumed storytellers around the decorated trails of the Great Swamp. Kids are invited to come in costume. Registration for a time slot is required by calling 973-635-6629. Cost is $3 per person.
10/29 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM – A Miller’s Halloween at Cooper Gristmill (66 Route 513, Chester) – Come in costume and enjoy spook-tacular storytelling at 1:00 PM and 2:30 PM. Create corn husk dolls, play old-time games, and tour the Gristmill, looking for surprises around every corner. Free, but donations appreciated.
10/29 slots between 5:30 PM and 7:45 PM – Trail Tales at Great Swamp OEC (247 Southern Blvd, Chatham) – This event is for children ages 6 and up. Hear silly, slightly spooky, and nature-themed tales told by costumed storytellers along the decorated nighttime trails of the Great Swamp. Cider and cookies will be available. Registration is required for a time slot. Cost is $6 per person.
10/30 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM – Historic Halloween Happenings at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm (73 Kahdena Road, Morris Township) – Play festive Halloween games, decorate cookies, and try on old-fashioned costumes. At 3:30, take a guided walk and find all the jack-o-lanterns hiding in the nearby woods. Board the open-air wagon for a ride back to the Visitors Center. Cost is $6 per adult, $5 per senior (65+), $4 per child age 4-16, $2 per child ages 2 & 3, free for children under age 2.
10/31 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM – Toddler Trek: Going Batty at Great Swamp OEC (247 Southern Blvd, Chatham) – This event is for children ages 2 and 3 with an adult. Enjoy a story read aloud to learn about bat habits and habitats, followed by a walk on the trail. Cost is $5 per child. Registration is required by calling 973-635-6629.
10/31 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM – Safe Howl-O-Ween at Turtle Back Zoo (560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange) – Trick or treat at the Zoo! There will be candy stations throughout the grounds. Also, swing by the famous “Not-So-Scary” Train Ride! Admission is $# for Zoological Society members and $5 for non-members.